– Teri Wilder
My husband and I raised five teenagers, and whenever they would sleep in past noon on the weekends, I would start worrying about their lack of get-up-and-go, whereas my husband would shrug and say, ‘They must have needed the rest.’ Since I was raised that it’s lazy to lie in bed all day, it took me a while to come around, but eventually, I began to appreciate the wisdom behind my husband’s perspective. Given that the modern world is constantly trying to get us to do more and sleep less than is ideal, it is up to us to love ourselves enough to honor our true needs. There is nothing wrong with needing to take a break or a nap or a day off to rest and restore our energy. Resting does does not mean we are soft, weak or lazy – it means we are wise and strong enough to resist outside pressure in order to preserve our health and sanity.